It has been reported that on Thursday March 26th, 2009 a male 8th grader from Isaac E. Young Middle School, was pushed from behind as he walked away as well as slapped in the face several times by a female Security Guard at the school. The incident occurred on the top floor of the middle school, sometime after 10:30 AM. It all occurred in a main hallway, in the presence of other students. We understand that the boy was interviewed extensively by the Isaac E. Young Middle School Administration regarding the incident. We also understand that some video is available on the school camera security system and that a police complaint has been filed by the parent.
In an interview with the parent and child, we were told the following:
The boy claims he was in front of his locker on the third floor when the female Security Guard approached him. She accused the boy of throwing crayons. The boy denied it and encouraged the Security Guard to check the security cameras. Some words were exchanged and the boy began to walk away. As the boy attempted to walk away, the Security Guard pushed him on his shoulder from behind. The boy responded with “don’t push me, don’t touch me.” This is when the Security Guard repeatedly smacked the boy on the left side of the face while he continually attempted to walk away. By the images taken it was clear that the Security Guard’s nails broke the child’s skin. Immediately after the incident the boy went to Mr. Jose Martinez, Administrative Dean at Isaac E. Young. Shortly after, Mr. Martinez was called to Mrs. Tawanda Robinson’s office, the Assistant Principal at Isaac E. Young Middle School. Sometime after, the boy reported to Mrs. Robinson’s office and was interviewed. After the interview, the child was sent to the nurse and provided with ice for his injuries. In the nurse’s office, the parent was contacted. The mother arrived at the school moments later. After a conversation between the school administration and the parent, the student was sent to the In-House Suspension room for the remainder of the day.
At some point after the incident, the boy was directed to go to his teachers and get work so that he could complete it in the In-House Suspension room. While in the hallway, the boy was confronted by a male Security Guard in an apparent attempt to intimidate. The Security Guard questioned the child about what his mother had told the school administration. The parent lodged a complaint with Mr. Martinez, about this second Security Guard approaching her son in a threatening manner and Mr. Martinez reported this to Mr. Anthony Bongo, Principal of Isaac E. Young Middle School. After, Mr. Martinez communicated to the parent that the school had contacted the New Rochelle Police Department regarding the complaint against this second Security Guard and that the police had “spoken” to the male Security Guard. The parent has no confirmation that the police was actually contacted on this second matter.
We are told that the slap left marks and scratches on the left side of the child’s face. Images we obtained taken on Saturday March 28th, 2009 (two days after the incident) still showed some faded bruises and a scab on the left side of the face just below the sideburn.
The parent filed a complaint with the New Rochelle Police Department. The Police took pictures of the child’s face. She was also asked if she wanted to press charges. The parent declined at that moment, but has not yet made a final decision. Prior to leaving the Police Station, the parent was encouraged by the police officer to contact detectives regarding the issue.
Below is a scanned copy of the blue card given by the New Rochelle Police Department after a person files a complaint. It provides the individual with an incident number so that they may request a copy of the incident report.
There are so many questions we have about this incident:
How could this be happening in our schools?
Why is a second Security Guard confronting and questioning the child?
The nurse saw the child, provided the boy with ice to alleviate his injuries and it was communicated that the injuries were inflicted by an adult in the building. Why didn’t the school contact the authorities? If the injuries (redness, scratches, possible swelling) were inflicted by the child’s parent, it would have been the duty of every mandated reporter in the school to contact Child Protective Services.